History

In 1976: Teachers who were interested in culture had established a culture center called “Baan Rao” culture center.

In 1977: The Department of Religious Affairs declared “Baan Rao” culture center to be a part of Thai Cultural Promotion Center.

1980:  The Ministry of Education raised the status to be the provincial cultural center named Cultural Promotion and Development Center.

In 1991: Changed the name to Surat Thani Cultural Center.

In 1995: Changed the name to the Cultural Center of Rajabhat Suratthani.

In 1996:  Changed the name to Office of Arts and Culture, and have a status as a government agency under the Rajabhat Institute Act of 1995, also plays an important role in the study, research, promotion, development and dissemination of arts and culture according to one of the six missions of Suratthani Rajabhat Institute.

In 2004 on June15th, Rajabhat Institute Suratthani had raised the status to be a university according to the Rajabhat University Act 2004.  In order to comply with the new structure, Office of Arts and Culture therefore changed the name to Office of Arts and Culture, according to the Ministerial Regulation on the establishment of government offices in Suratthani Rajabhat University. The Ministry of Education, 2005, dated March 1, 2005, provided that the office of Culture has the same status as a faculty which is a division level 1, the office is the director’s office. At present, the Office of Arts and Culture is located at Phutthathatthammakot building Suratthani Rajabhat University 272 Moo 9 Surat-Nasan Road Khunthale, Mueang Surat Thani District, Surat Thani 84100 Tel.  077-913354 077-913355  website: http://www.culture.sru.ac.th

Phutthathatthammakot building was established with the awareness of people of in Surat Thani in preservation of the heritage and ideals of Buddhadasa to follow the process of creating peace of life and creating peace in society.

The construction of the Phutthathatthammakot building had many contributors for the fund, consisting of representatives of Surat Thani Province, College Board, Teachers’ of Suratthani Rajabhat university, Alumni of Phuttanikom School as well as the chief of government officials and merchants in Surat Thani province. The establishment of Phutthathatthammakot building was in 1991 with funding activities for the construction which was a total of 1,300,000 baht as a basic fund.

In 1994, the construction received a budget for building Phutthathatthammakot building which was 29,000,000 baht (twenty-nine million baht). The building is a 3-story building. The construction style was the architectural style of the southern region and completed construction in 1996. Currently the building is used as a work place and provides academic services in the maintenance of arts and culture, and under the responsibility of the office of Arts and Culture.